The blog has been a bit quiet the last couple of months and here is the reason why – my son Arran was born on 20th May.
My wife Ruth, who is our market research expert at Salient Point, wasn’t very well for most of the pregnancy and spent over a month in hospital before having an emergency C-section. Arran was born nearly 7 weeks early (in fact it’s not his due date until the end of this week) so he spent his first few weeks in the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Infirmary (first in Intensive Care, then Special Care). Fortunately he seems none the worse for his early arrival – he is thriving, eating us out of house and home, and growing at a huge rate! He was allowed home nearly three weeks ago now, so we’re still in the process of getting used to having him here. It’s great.
I also want to publicly thank everyone I work for or alongside – including ATEEDA, the University of Strathclyde, Contemplate, Cytomos, Forth Sector, the Saltire Foundation and Scottish Enterprise for being so completely helpful and supportive about some very short notice schedule changes as a result of hospital visiting and paternity leave – especially around Arran’s arrival and homecoming. It’s been a lovely reminder of how great a group of people my clients and colleagues are.